Scottish Climbing Conditions Blog

Welcome to the West Coast Mountain Guides diary and conditions page, which is updated regularly throughout the year.  During the winter, there will be plenty of up-to-date information and reports regarding the latest mixed and ice climbing and mountaineering conditions in the Scottish Highlands, and in particular, on Ben Nevis, Aonach Mor and in Glencoe.  We’ll also be posting accounts of our latest trips, both work and play.

If you have any up-to-date conditions reports and photos that we can include in our blog, please drop us an email:
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First Cuillin Traverse of the year

Dave: Last year was 100% success on all traverses and this…
May 18, 2022/by Ken Applegate

Beating the rain

Dave: Today was my first day with Nick Gardner and it was…
May 12, 2022/by Ken Applegate

The ever-changing Cuillin.

Dave: It’s been great to be back in the Cuillin sharing…
May 10, 2022/by Ken Applegate

Continual professional development

Dave: Over the last three days I have had the pleasure and…
April 30, 2022/by Ken Applegate

Private Rock-Climbing Guiding

Dave: Spring and early summer really is the best time to…
April 26, 2022/by Ken Applegate

Dry rock and firm snow on Tower Ridge

Dave: Great conditions on Tower Ridge today, after the snow…
April 19, 2022/by Ken Applegate

Mostly brilliant ice in Green Gully, Ben Nevis

Ken: After a week of rock climbing, mainly on lesser-traveled…
March 31, 2022/by Ken Applegate

The end of winter? North East Buttress, Ben Nevis

Ken: This past week, it has felt like winter is drawing to…
March 24, 2022/by Ken Applegate

King’s Ransom, Aonach Beag

Ken: Apologies for the rubbish photos! Mark and I had a day…
March 12, 2022/by Ken Applegate

Best two weeks of the season so far

Dave: March really is the best month, longer day light hours…
March 11, 2022/by Ken Applegate

Reasonable conditions in No. 2 Gully, Ben Nevis

Ken: After a soggy day on Ben Nevis yesterday, where we made…
December 12, 2021/by Ken Applegate

Snowy on Ledge Route, Ben Nevis

Ken: Given that Jess comes from Singapore, where it's 30…
December 5, 2021/by Ken Applegate
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